Danielle Shortall loved growing up in Northern Ireland, and had always dreamt of a career in conservation. She was disappointed to discover a biological sciences degree and a wealth of hands-on volunteering experience wasn’t enough to secure paid employment.
250 years ago, on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus.
It’s the site of a famous Beatles flour-bombing incident, and suffragettes Vera Holme and Elsie Howey once hid here overnight so they could shout ‘votes for women’ during a speech the next day. Now, Colston Hall is set to become one of the country's best arts and learning facilities.
To celebrate National Gardening Week, we’ve been speaking to three people who have all been closely involved in exciting, and very different, projects in Wales that have brought heritage gardens back to life.